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Odontophorus gujanensis

Marbled Wood-Quail

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Odontophoridae
  • Polytypic 8 Subspecies

Authors: Johnson, Clark Frederick

Odontophorus gujanensis

Peru; 2 March 2011 © Smithsonian Wild

The Marbled Wood-Quail is patchily distributed in lowland tropical and subtropical forest from Panama to Bolivia. The eight described subspecies do not differ greatly, varying mostly in subtle changes in coloration, especially on the sides of the head. The Marbled Wood-Quail is more often heard than seen, and its loud raucous vocalizations, which are often given as a duet or a chorus, are a common sound in many lowland forests. Apparently monogamous, the species builds chambered nests with dead vegetation at the base of trees or among roots.

Recommended Citation

Johnson, Clark Frederick. 2011. Marbled Wood-Quail (Odontophorus gujanensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Peck
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 4 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern